Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes

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The national press has recently lavished coverage on several major sex-related scandals: the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, and the Mike Tyson case. With each event came lurid stories pitting either a loose or a virginal woman against an unwilling or monstrous man. Such extreme coverage, argues Helen Benedict, perpetuates myths that are harmful to the victims of these crimes (and sometimes to the accused). With the rise in reported rapes, more such myth-mongering stories are bound ...

Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes 1992, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195066807

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